Bajol classics set to star at Paris auction

| 9 Jan 2012

Artcurial’s sale at Rétromobile on 3 February will include Jean-Claude Bajol’s 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB (no estimate available), which was bought new by Roger Vadim.

The late film director was a keen collector, and other highlights from his collection will be a 1967 Bizzarrini 5300GT (€320-420,000); ’64 Maserati 3500 Vignale Cabriolet (€200-300,000); ’58 Lancia B24S Cabriolet (€180-220,000), ’69 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona (€240-280,000); plus his ’64 Lancia Flaminia 3C 2.8-litre Zagato (€100-140,000).Staying with the movie-making theme, a Citroën DS camera car used by Claude Lelouch will also go under the hammer at Paris’ Parc des Expositions. Film-maker Lelouch was the man behind C’était un rendez-vous, and his DS comes with period camera equipment.

The auction is set to feature rarities such as a 1913 Delaunay Belleville 8L Type 0.6 that has been in the same family ownership since 1918. The car was dismantled and hidden during WW2, and remained like that until 1984. It’s estimated to fetch €400-500,000.

Offered at no reserve is a collection of 15 cars that have lain untouched for more than 40 years (above). They have reportedly been well protected against the elements and remain in good condition. The horde includes five Talbots, two Hotchkiss and two Panhard et Levassors, as well as a 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Coupé Chauffeur.

A pair of concours Delahayes will be coming over from America - a 1948 135M Cabriolet by Pourtout (€300-400,000) and a ’47 35MS Cabriolet by Franay (€500-700,000) – while F1 fans with a few quid to spend might like to take a look at the ex-Nigel Mansell Ferrari F40 (€320-400,000).